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The Riverside, Saltford - pub details


Address: The Shallows, Saltford, Bristol, Gloucestershire, BS31 3EZ [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 15037) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Keynsham (2.7 miles), Oldfield Park (3.6 miles), Bath Spa (4.6 miles)

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A Wadworth’s pub in a picturesque setting next to the River Avon. It’s an extensive place, with several different rooms, both upstairs and downstairs.

Downstairs has had a refurbishment since my last visit and is now a pleasant enough space, albeit in a slightly wine bar sort of way perhaps rather than your traditional pub. The floor is mostly an attractive stone tile, with some pine boards nearer the bar. There’s a good selection of tables with leather high backed chairs, and some leather sofa’s as well. This opens out on to a patio area at the rear adjacent to the river.

Upstairs the main bar is slightly more traditional, although still doesn’t feel especially pubby. A large mast in the centre of the room gives a nod to it’s waterside setting, and there was a piano in one corner. Apparently a pianist has been coming in to play, but this has now stopped for some reason. This area is carpeted throughout and there are again plenty of tables that look as though they may be intended more for use by diners. From here you can go on to a restaurant area with good views across the river and a carvery counter that seemed to be popular on a recent mid-week lunchtime. I understand that senior citizens having a carvery qualify for a free pudding, with would account for the fact that most of the punters seemed to be OAP’s.

From the other end of the bar you can go on in to a tiled conservatory, again with plenty of tables and chairs and this then leads out to another patio area with great views of the marina on one side and the river and weir on the other. This is a terrific spot, and whilst it was surprisingly quiet when I visited, I imagine it would get packed on a sunny weekend.

Besides the aforementioned carvery, the menu consisted of a good selection of pub grub dishes, and was divided in to sections such as a bar menu, all day dining, sandwiches, jackets, etc. Some of these seemed slightly pricey (e.g.; ham, egg & chips was £8.50), but I didn’t eat myself so can’t comment on the quality. There is also a good selection of pizzas and a few specials chalked up on a board next to the bar.

Possibly they could do with some more staff on, as I was stood at the bar for a few minutes before anyone arrived since it appeared she also had restaurant duties to attend to. That said, when the barmaid did materialise she was friendly and helpful, and apologised for the wait.

Beers on tap were all from the Wadworth’s stable, with their 6X, Swordfish and Henry’s IPA. The solitary cider was Thatcher’s Gold.
Blackthorn - 6 Apr 2011 15:08
this a very nice freindly inn which serves very good food,the staff are very friendly and helpful,it is located in a very nice place very close and overlooking the canal, the cavery is out of this world and plenty of it.Highly Recomended
howlerdog - 20 Feb 2011 15:22
Hi there, just to let all customers know, the Riverside Inn has recently been taken over and is now under new management. The new team of staff are aware that in the past customers may not have been satisfied with the service they received and they sincerely apologise for this. Together, they are fully committed to bringing standards up and would like to assure you that all customer reviews are now taken into consideration and your feedback is much appreciated. The staff are doing their best to make the Riverside a great place to be whatever the occassion. Although it is still open for business the Riverside is currently undergoing a much needed refurb, and will be officially relaunched when work is complete in the next couple of weeks. The relaunch promises to be a great evening and all customers are welcome so please keep checking this page for updates. Regards, Riverside Web.
RiversideInnUpdate - 22 Jan 2011 12:17
The pub had been recommended to us by a friend!
The pub has just lost a key member of staff in September 2010, and it shows.
When we arrived there was some people leaving having waited 1.5 hours for their food. Refund was given for the food, but the staff did not seam to care. Then 5 minutes later the staff came out to another table of 12 and announced that the 5 steaks they had ordered could NOT be provided as they only had 3 left. This table was not happy!
Luck was on our side as we had only ordered drinks. As 4 of our party wanted steaks, we decided to phone another pub (the globe) and they had availability. We therefore drunk up and went and had a lovely meal.
This post is therefore for the poor service and lack of respect for customers. Also dont believe the menu's on the internet as they are NOT the same as at the pub. The internet menu is better!
andrewrismith - 10 Oct 2010 14:23
A very nice riverside pub owned by Wadworth, with 3 of their ales on draught. Quick friendly service. 7/10
fat_beer_badger - 13 Jul 2010 14:17

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